POSITION: Director of Finance & Operations (full time, exempt)
Supervisor: Head of School
Supervises Accounting Manager & Transportation Manager
Effective Date: July 1st 2017 or sooner
The French American School of Puget Sound (www.fasps.org), founded in 1995, is located on beautiful Mercer Island, WA, situated between Seattle and Bellevue, two cities with boundless opportunities and spectacular scenery. The school serves 433 students, grades YPK-8. FASPS challenges its students to excel academically and thrive in French, American, and international cultures—a mission that is evident in the daily life of the school. FASPS prepares students to become responsible leaders and lifelong learners through an education that emphasizes intellectual engagement, cultural agility, independence, collaboration, creativity, and integrity.
Recognized as one of the top independent, bilingual schools in the Northwest, FASPS is a community that engenders strong loyalty and is appreciated as a happy place to learn and to work. Characterized by a community of parents who genuinely care and are involved, a faculty and staff who are positive and supportive, and students who enjoy each other’s company, the school is a rewarding place to work both personally and professionally. The school culture is one of continually striving towards improvement. The school has recently purchased property with the goal of an expanded campus.
FASPS seeks a Director of Finance & Operations (DFO) to start in July 2017. This is a tremendous opportunity to be an integral part of a strong and positive leadership team in a thriving, vibrant independent school. Reporting to the Head of School and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the DFO is responsible for oversight of the school’s finances and operations (including Human Resources). The successful candidate will have a very strong financial analysis background, highly attuned management skills, and the personal skills to work positively with a wide range of individuals.
In partnership with the Head of School and other members of the school’s leadership team, the DFO plays a key role in the development and execution of strategy to ensure the finance and operations of the school to support its mission and vision. Essential responsibilities include:
- Long range financial planning
- Attending Board meetings and facilitating monthly Finance Committee meetings; regularly meeting with the Board Treasurer to set agendas for Finance Committee meetings and to ensure the Board has relevant and current financial information
- Preparing annual financial statements and the annual operating budget
- Management and support of the Business Office staff and the Transportation Manager
- Ensuring that the school’s leadership is kept updated regarding the school’s financial position, including identification of emerging issues
- Working, as needed, with the school’s legal counsel to ensure that the school is in compliance with all of its actions and decisions
- Maintaining appropriate plant and casualty insurance and managing plant risk
- Developing and managing efficient financial systems, reporting, and procedures, in cooperation with other Directors, throughout the school
- Proactively exploring efficiencies to improve the school’s financial position
- Communicating effectively and positively with all school constituents
- Managing human resource issues, employee benefits, and payroll procedures
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTES
The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, strategic financial professional with strong interpersonal skills, enthusiastically embracing the school’s mission and culture and building a climate of trust and responsiveness. He or she will successfully partner with the school’s leadership in providing day-to-day and long-term financial management, offering strategic financial visioning to continue to move the school forward.
The successful candidate will have:
- Successful expertise and experience in strategic financial management, budgeting, and a strong working understanding of accounting principles
- The ability to think analytically and creatively and to serve as a strategic and thought partner to the Head of School and other school leaders
- Integrity, flexibility, credibility, enthusiasm, passion, a sense of humor, and a strong work ethic
- Excellent communications and positive, and collaborative interpersonal skills; interest and ability to work with others in a team setting
- The ability to effectively lead and inspire others, positively managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, and fostering a positive work environment
- Highly honed organizational skills and a keen eye for details
- An aptitude for and comfort with technology
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
- Ability to establish effective supportive working relationships with staff, administrators, students, parents, and trustees
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Ability to generate creative solutions to a wide range of problems
- Performs all duties in accordance with all school policies and legal requirements
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
Interested and qualified candidates should email a cover letter, résumé and list of five references with contact information to Libby Molamphy, Executive Assistant to the Head of School (email@example.com).
Our Mission: What We Do
We challenge students to excel academically and thrive in French, American, and international cultures.
Our Vision: Why We Do It
To inspire the next generation of global citizens to learn, understand, and act wisely in a multicultural world.
Our Core Values
The core values that guide our work and reflect what we strive to nurture in our students include: Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Agility, and Community.
The French American School of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.